ted largely to the brilliancy of this affair.
It is always safe to accept with distrust all reports which affirm that a few men, with little loss, routed, slaughtered, or captured a large force.
Peach and cherry trees are in fill bloom.
The grass is beginning to creep out. Summer birds occasionally sing around us. In a few weeks more the trees will be in full leaf again.
General Negley, who went home some time ago, returned to-day, and, I see, wears two stars.
General Brannan arrived a day or two ago. He was on the train captured by guerrillas, but was rescued a few minutes after.
The boys have a rumor that Bragg is near, and has sent General Rosecrans a very polite note requesting him to surrender Murfreesboro at once.
If the latter refuses to accept this most gentlemanly invitation to deliver up all his forces, Bragg proposes to commence an assault upon our works at twelve M., and show us no mercy.
This, of course, is reliable.
At sunset rain beg
and shell very vigorously, and for half an hour the fight was very interesting; at the end of that time, however, their batteries limbered up and left on the double quick.
In the meantime, I had sent a detachment of infantry to occupy a stockade which the enemy had constructed near the bridge, and from this position good work was done by driving off his sharpshooters.
We found the bridge partially burned, and the river too much swollen for either the men or trains to ford it. Rousseau and Brannan, I understand, succeeded in crossing at an upper ford, and are in hot pursuit.
Repaired the bridge, and crossed the river this morning; and are now bivouacking on the ground over which the cavalry fought yesterday afternoonquite a number of the dead were discovered in the woods and fields.
We picked up, at Elk river, an order of Brigadier-General Wharton, commanding the troops which have been serving as the rear guard of the enemy's column.
It reads as follows:
h positions as would enable us to protect the train, and not such as were most favorable for making an offensive or defensive fight.
It was now impossible for Brannan and Reynolds to reach us in time to render assistance.
General Negley concluded, therefore, to fall back, and ordered me to move to Bailey's Cross-roads, and awation had time to return to Stephens' Gap.
We expected an attack this morning, but, reinforcements arriving, the enemy retired.
This afternoon Brannan made a reconnoissance, but the result I have not ascertained; there was, however, no fighting.
I am writing this in the woods, where we are bivouacking for thathering up scattered detachments of a dozen different commands, I filled up an unoccupied space on the ridge between Harker, of Wood's division, on the left, and Brannan, on the right, and this point we held obstinately until sunset.
Colonel Stoughton, Eleventh Michigan; LieutenantColonel Rappin, Nineteenth Illinois; LieutenantCo